A recent Gallup poll is startling. It actually reveals a decline in the number of adults who consider the Bible to be “the true word of God and to be taken word for word.” Only 20% think so, down from 24% in 2017 and 30% in 2011. On the other hand, the part of those who believe that it is an “ancient myths, legends, “a book of recorded history and moral rules” is increasing. It will increase from 17% in 2011 to 29% in 2022.
Gallup re-releases this survey every three years (barring the Covid health crisis). Published on July 6, 2022, it also indicated that 49% of respondents believed that “the Bible is the inspired word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally.” A stable person since 2011. “There are still some conservative Protestant groups who use a literal interpretation of New Testament passages as the basis of their faith. […]. Gallup data shows that [cette approche] Social policy resonates only with a shrinking minority of the overall American population,” comments Frank Newport, a sociologist and scientist at Gallup.
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